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Chip Performance Limited By Energy & Heat

Insight from Sun Microsystems on why energy and heat are becoming a drag on computing performance . . .

Data Center Constraints Represent Sustainability Opportunity

The Gartner Group states that 80 percent of the world's data centers are constrained by heat, space, and power requirements, according to Sun Microsystems. If this drives many data centers to expand/move in the next few years, then many data centers will have a good opportunity to adopt a more sustainable way of doing business . . .

Dead Tree Media

I've sharpened Vertique's "media" focus specifically on electronic media (e-media).  Am I ignoring the paper elephant in the media room . . . ?

Who will drive innovation?

Vertatique commentor David Washburn  recently called our attention to a presentation by Sun Microsystems' CTO, which focused on the class of large computing users with high-growth demand. I was disappointed that the CTO only tangentially talked about power consumption, but his remarks got me thinking . . .

Greener Movie Productions

Paramount touted An Inconvenient Truth as the first carbon-neutral documentary and Syriana as the first carbon-neutral major motion picture.  What can we learn from these efforts . . .?

Server energy consumption exceeds that of Las Vegas?

Amazing stats buried in a Wired magazine article:

"If it's necessary to waste memory and bandwidth to dominate the petascale era, gorging on energy is an inescapable cost of doing business. Ask.com operations VP Dayne Sampson estimates that the five leading search companies together have some 2 million servers, each shedding 300 watts of heat annually, a total of 600 megawatts. These are linked to hard drives that dissipate perhaps another gigawatt. Fifty percent again as much power is required to cool this searing heat, for a total of 2.4 gigawatts. With a third of the incoming power already lost to the grid's inefficiencies, and half of what's left lost to power supplies, transformers, and converters, the total of electricity consumed by major search engines in 2006 approaches 5 gigawatts.

The article continues . . .

Green WiFi and Mesh WiFi

Green Wifi "seeks to bridge the last mile internet access with nothing more than a single broadband internet connection, rooftops and the sun".

Mesh WiFi is a network technology and topology in which each user is also an wireless access point, moving signals to and from neighboring users to create a wireless network (the 'mesh') without a separate wireless infrastructure.

Google pushes energy-efficient power supplies

PC power supplies are said to waste over a third of the energy they consume. Google claims to have technology that reduces waste to 10% and offered to share it during a presentation at yesterday's Intel Developers Conference.
Surprisingly little coverage of this in the US media, but I found a good report from the UK print media.

EPEAT Computer Equipment Assessment Tool

EPEAT "is a procurement tool to help institutional purchasers in the public and private sectors evaluate, compare and select desktop computers, notebooks and monitors based on their environmental attributes. EPEAT also provides a clear and consistent set of performance criteria for the design of products, and provides an opportunity for manufacturers to secure market recognition for efforts to reduce the environmental impact of its products."

One Laptop per Child

OLPC is an MIT/UN initiative to develop a $100, 2-watt laptop powered by foot pedal or hand crank. Wired 4/06

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